Celebrity Mario Lopez will host a charity poker tournament on June 10 in Los Angeles. The event, the Lucky Baldwin Poker Tournament, will take place at the L.A. Arboretum, a historic botanical gardens center. Money raised will go towards helping preserve the venue.
Cocktails and dinner begin at 5:00 pm. The poker tournament will follow at 6:00. There will also be other casino games available such as Pai Gow Poker and Three-Card Poker.
Mario Lopez is the host of Extra TV, a celebrity gossip and news show. To many, he will always be “A.C. Slater,” the character he played in the hit 90s Saturday morning sitcom Saved By the Bell. “Slater” no longer sports his trademark pseudo-mullet, however, and his relationship with Jessie Spano ended years ago.
Philanthropy is an important part of Mario’s life. He has supported more than 20 different charities throughout his professional career. That list includes organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Eva Longoria Foundation.
He has fought for numerous causes such as cancer, human and civil rights, and poverty. On June 10, he will help raise money to preserve a historic Southern California landmark.
Who is Lucky Baldwin?
No, we aren’t talking about 1978 WSOP Main Event winner Bobby Baldwin. Lucky Baldwin was considered one of the greatest California business pioneers in the 19th century.
He ran as well in real estate investing as Jerry Yang did in the 2007 Main Event. Hence, the “Lucky” moniker. Elias Jackson Baldwin was quite a gambler.
He had an interest in horse racing and poker. His great granddaughter, Margaux Viera, will attend the charity event.
Philanthropy and Poker
Many celebrities and poker players have used poker as a means for raising money for various charities. Mario Lopez’s television principal, Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins), has appeared at numerous charity poker tournaments.
Other celebrities to host or support poker events for charity include Tiger Woods, Brad Garrett, and Kato Kaelin. But it isn’t just wealthy actors and athletes dabbing into philanthropy. Many poker players are passionate about giving back to the community.
In 2016, Dan Smith set out to raise $350,000 for select charities. If others would donate $175,000, he would match the donations. The poker pro crushed his goal, reaching the $1.7 million mark.
Former poker pro Phil Gordon has hosted numerous charity poker events. Ditto for Phil Hellmuth. Other poker players who have made charitable contributions include Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, and recently Mike Dentale and Cate Hall helped raise money for charity during their heads-up grudge match.